Pats let Giants score winning TD

Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw squats into the endzone for a touchdown against the Patriots...

Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw squats into the endzone for a touchdown against the Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 5, 2012. (Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:04 AM ET

INDIANAPOLIS - With time running out and the Giants on New England’s six-yard line, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was left with few choices.

He decided to let the Giants score.

So with his team up 17-15 and just over a minute to play, Belichick knew he had to get the ball back and place it in the hands of quarterback Tom Brady.

So on second and goal for the Giants, the Patriots defence relaxed and allowed running back Ahmad Bradshaw to waltz into the end zone for the go-ahead score.

At the last second Bradshaw realized what was going on and attempted to drop down just shy of the goal line in an effort to keep the ball and run out the clock and not let Brady have any shot at mounting a comeback.

His momentum, however, carried him into the end zone giving Brady 57 seconds to go the length of the field, needing a touchdown to win.

Unlike Bradshaw, he fell short and his Hail Mary pass dropped into the end zone on the game’s final play.

After the game Belichick admitted that he allowed the Giants to score.

“Ball was inside the 10-yard line, a 90% field goal conversion (in that territory),” he said.

As it turned out for the Patriots it was too little too late which was the story the past three times they have played the Giants.


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